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If the cure for cancer and AIDS really is being developed, how will it impact society's willingness to live healthy lifestyles?

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  • Jan 7 2013: A cure for genetic based cancers will increase the average life span, reduce the crushing medical and emotional burden on many people. A cure for cancers resulting from life choices might lead to a lack of concern for the consequences associated with these choices and in-turn create an increase in death from some there consequence of these choices.

    Similarly, those that contracted AIDs through no fault of their own will have the opportunity for a life made better by chemistry, and similarly live longer. Those that had some control over the choices leading to contracting AIDS will likely also benefit, but as you suspect many will go on to some other death caused by the same set of poor choices.

    Curing the current mutation of these diseases with a drug, and having the behaviors that caused them go on as before or even increase might also produce new variations of both which are resistant to drugs and more contagious, so the risk of the unknown is something to consider in this scenario.
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    Jan 6 2013: This is a very good question
  • Jan 6 2013: If this cure becomes a success, will it give people a sense of complacency? Will society shift to an even more unhealthy way of life?
    • Jan 6 2013: "If this cure becomes a success, will it give people a sense of complacency? Will society shift to an even more unhealthy way of life?"

      Yes, to some degree it will. However the effect will be limited because many people never let the threat of cancer affect their lifestyle choices while other people are deterred by the penalty of physical unattractiveness that comes with an unhealthy lifestyle and that penalty will never go away.

      I don't know why you included AIDS, since it typically does not result from inherently unhealthy behavior.
      • Jan 7 2013: I had no intention of implying that AIDS results from an unhealthy behavior. I simply included it to further this discussion about how a cure for these devistating diseases could have an effect on society as a whole.